Sunday, June 28, 2015

TVC Statement on Federal Gay Marriage Mandate

June 26th, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - Statement of Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) president Andrea Lafferty in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling on Obergefell et al. v. Hodges:

"In effect, the U.S. Supreme Court is arguing that while one can advocate for traditional marriage, one cannot operate according to those beliefs.
"This ruling sets up a rather dangerous collision course between the First Amendment religious freedom and the rights of conscience vs. the newly-established "right to dignity" embedded in Obergefell v. Hodges.
"America's Judeo-Christian tradition ensured for over 230 years that we would remain a pluralistic society, one of differing views and traditions that respected the basic rule of law.  Today's ruling fundamentally undermines that understanding of American traditions.

"The U.S. Supreme Court over the last two days has fundamentally altered its condition as an arbiter of law.  Instead of judging on the basis of law, the Supreme Court has now arrogated its powers to become a venue of last resort, or rather a place where laws passed by the legislature and duly signed by the executive are now radically altered and changed to fit the opinions of what the elites believe such laws should be.
"TVC is thankful for the dissenting opinion.  We can only join our voice to theirs, and continue to speak on behalf of a Christian community that is quickly finding itself apart and separated from the secular mainstream -- in the world, but certainly not of it (John 17, 1 Peter 2:11-12)."

Traditional Values Coalition is an interdenominational and multi-racial public policy organization speaking on behalf of 43,000 churches nationwide.